The ceremony was attended by the Acting Minister of Information and culture Dr.KamalSadat, Deputy Minister of Information and culture Mohammad Rasool Bawari , Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration Zardasht shames, Director of National Museum Muhammad Fahim Rahimi,Ambassador of Agha khan Nurjehan Mawami ,Ambassador of Japan , Ambassador of India , Ambassador of Finland,Third Secretary of Republic of Indonesia,and Mr. Nagaoka,Masanori, representative of UNESCO office in Kabul and many other cultural people were present.
In his speech Acting Minister of Information and Culture Dr.KamalSadat said, that “we are really honored to inaugurate the exhibition of returned artifacts from Japan. The National Museum of Afghanistan faced huge destruction during the civil war period especially from 1990 to 2001”. I extend my warmest gratitude to theJapan people and Government, Japan embassy in Kabul, and late Prof.Hirayamfounder of the Japan Committee for the Repatriation of Displaced Cultural Property who preserved our heritage carefully for more than one decade in Japan.
Meanwhile Acting Minister of Information and Culture Dr.kamal Sadat urged the people to return antiquities and relics smuggled out of the country during the civil war. Dr.Sadat adds that we also request from foreigners to bring back the Afghan historical artifacts according to international law which, were smuggled during civil war.
He further says that Repatriation of these pieces from Japan is a good example of cooperation between two countries (Japan and Afghanistan). He also thanked to the staff of National Museum of Afghanistan for their hard work for organizing this wonderful exhibition.
After this, The Director of the National Museum Muhammad fahim Rahimi read the Decree of H.E President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani about award of medal to late Prof.Hirayam.
Based on decree of H.E President, the Acting minister of Information and Culture Dr.kamal Sadat rewarded the Medal of Sayed Jamaluddin Afghani to the Japan Ambassador to give to the late prof. Hirayamas family in honors of preserving our cultural heritage.
Addressing to the ceremony ,the Japan Ambassador Mr.Mitsujisuzuka was very pleased for returning these artifacts to Afghanistan .he adds that we will continues our support for long time in cultural sector not only in cultural sector but also in other sectors like education , economy , health and also in agricultural sector.He further says that such Exhibition will enrich and establish cultural relations and friendly ties between the two countries.
Deputy Minister of Information and culture MohammadRasoolBawarithanked all guests and especially to the Japan government and late Prof Hirayama who preserved these artifacts .He further says that such kind of cooperation will enhance the bilateral relationships of the two countries.
Deputy Minister of finance and administration Zardasht shams says that today is a great day, returning of these artifacts and reward of medal to late Prof.Hirayam forhis hard work. it was a very difficult task toreturn these artifacts, the foreigner does not want to return these artifacts because of the insecurity but the National Museum of Afghanistan with great support of H.E President play a great role in bringing these artifacts .He also paid tribute to the late Prof.Hirayam and ambassador of Afghanistan in japan Doctor Sayed Mohammad AminFatimi for their tirelesssupport.
Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan Mohammad Fahim Rahimi as well thanked and welcomed to all guest, and said that “ We are very proud of our achievement here at the national museum of Afghanistan. He adds that Returning of 102 artifacts from Japan is not the only collection we returned from Japan but in the past 15 years we have been able to return many other collections from around the world and proudly will continue to follow this path with cooperation of countries and cultural organizations around the world.”
During the ceremony the Representatives of UNESCO Mr. Nagaoka,Masanori, says that we are still in contact with the International organization, and foreign countries to bring back the looted artifacts which were lost during the civil-war period.
The ceremony was attended by the Acting Minister of Information and culture Dr.KamalSadat, Deputy Minister of Information and culture Mohammad Rasool Bawari , Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration Zardasht shames, Director of National Museum Muhammad Fahim Rahimi,Ambassador of Agha khan ... more